Meet the Personalities

Welcome to the Meet the Personalities Podcast!

Meet the Personalities is a podcast where local and nationally syndicated radio personalities share their candid thoughts, career paths and unique perspectives on the business of radio. MtP is a LARS original production and hosted by Tom Smith.

November 6, 2017
Wayne Resnick

Meet the Personalities Podcast 006 Wayne Resnick

Wayne Resnick’s unlikely path to the radio business falls under the category of “you just can’t make this stuff up.” During grade school Wayne spotted one of his teacher’s making out with her boyfriend while smoking a joint at a concert. Later in life, Wayne’s work at a methadone clinic turned into job in Federal Law Enforcement which led to a part-time gig on KFI-AM 640 in Los Angeles. Hear how all that ties together; and find out whether or not this talk-radio utility man is still rocking the totally awesome mullet in the picture accompanying this post in Meet the Personalities 006 with Wayne Resnick.
November 5, 2017
Gary Hoffman from Twitter

Meet the Personalities Podcast 005 Gary Hoffmann

When a small market radio announcer wished Gary Hoffmann a happy ninth birthday the future co-host of the Gary and Shannon show was greatly impacted. Fast forward to boldly covering a police standoff, for a radio station where his official job title was sales assistant, and you begin to understand Gary’s success. He wasn’t waiting for it – he made it happen. Hear those details, plus how Gary found himself in a presidential motorcade doing 100-miles-per-hour down I-405, and much more in this episode of Meet the Personalities podcast.
October 16, 2017
Tom Smith and Shannon Farren

Meet the Personalities Podcast 004 Shannon Farren

As a small market radio newscaster, Shannon Farren gets the plum assignment to cover the World Series… the only problem is she has no press credentials or ticket to get into the game. So how does she wind up reporting from the Giants owner’s luxury box? Find out in this episode of Meet the Personalities Podcast. That plus more about the co-host of the Gary and Shannon Show heard on KFI-AM 640 Monday through Friday from 10AM to 2PM.
April 25, 2017
Tom Smith and Tim Conway Jr.

Meet the Personalities Podcast 003 Tim Conway Jr.

Tim Conway Jr. shares why, with access to all of Hollywood, radio attracted his talents from a very early age. An internet radio pioneer in the mid-nineties, Conway co-hosted one of the web's first live radio programs. Quickly graduating to the larger audience reach of broadcast radio, Conway has been a mainstay on the Southern California radio stage for more than two decades. The Tim Conway Jr. show is now heard on KFI-AM 640 Monday through Friday from 6PM to 10PM and on the station's iHeartRadio stream.
April 12, 2017
Tom Smith and Bill Handel

Meet the Personalities Podcast 002 Bill Handel

Bill Handel, local and nationally syndicated radio personality, joins Tom Smith for MtP 002. In this episode, Handel shares his incredible story of combining a building contract gone bad with a new law degree and turning that into a wildly successful broadcast career! The Bill Handel Show can be heard on KFI-AM 640 in the Los Angeles market Monday through Friday from 6AM to 10AM and Handel on the Law can be heard Saturdays in Southern California and in more than 300 markets across the United States.
February 26, 2017
Neil Saavedra and Tom Smith

Meet the Personalities Podcast 001 Neil Saavedra

Neil Saavedra joins Tom Smith for the inaugural Meet the Personalities (MtP) podcast. For more than 20-years Saavedra has contributed to KFI-AM 640, the largest newstalk radio station in the United States. Although not pictured wearing one Saavedra wears many hats at KFI. He’s the host of The Fork Report, producer of, the nationally syndicated, Jesus Christ Show and KFI’s assistant program director.